As Kansas City police officers flooded a block in the South Blue Valley neighborhood Monday afternoon to investigate a shooting that left one person dead and two others, including a toddler, critically injured, the family of the victims of the shots sought answers about how the incident occurred. a tragedy could have unfolded there.
About a dozen people, including family members of the person killed, gathered on Van Brundt Boulevard awaiting word from authorities about the situation. Among them was Tracie Bowden, who said her son was the person found dead inside the residence in the 2500 block of Hardesty Avenue.
“I’m just trying to collect what I can,” Bowden said. “I just know that he’s dead, that’s basically all I know. And my granddaughter is very hurt.”
Bowden said his son was a 27-year-old father of six and had lived at the residence for about a year. He stayed there with the mother of his three youngest children, including his 2-month-old daughter, he said.
Kansas City police were called to the scene of the shooting around 1:45 pm, said Officer Donna Drake, a department spokeswoman. Inside the residence, police found a person who was pronounced deceased after emergency medical personnel arrived.
Two others, including a juvenile victim, were taken to hospital with injuries. Police said the boy was seriously injured and an adult suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police also said another minor was present inside the home when the shooting unfolded, but was not physically injured.
Police had not yet released any more information about the shooting victims as of Monday night. Drake said police had no suspicious information to immediately provide.
The scene of the shooting in South Blue Valley was one of two homicides investigated by Kansas City police Monday afternoon.
Another homicide was reported in the Santa Fe neighborhood around 1:45 pm, police said. One person was found shot and pronounced dead near the intersection of 30th Street and Montgall Avenue.
Police said Monday that the two killings were unrelated.